Supt. Ness: Board reorganizes

January 17, 2019

On Monday, January 14, Fergus Falls School Board held two meetings. The first meeting of the calendar year is always to “reorganize” the school board for the year. Immediately following the reorganization meeting, the school board conducts a regular business meeting.

Acting clerk and chairperson Melanie Cole began the reorganization meeting by welcoming and seating Kirby Anderson as a new board member with the Oath of Office. Following establishment of a quorum and approval of the agenda, officers for 2019 were elected as follows: Chair - Matthew Lemke, Vice Chair - Melanie Cole, Treasurer - Kirby Anderson, and Clerk - Missy Hermes.


Uggerud, Swanson move on in Spelling competition

January 16, 2019

Yesterday saw middle school students competing in the Spelling Bee. It was more convivial amusement than you could oscillate a ferrule at!

Congrats to our top two finalists, first place finisher Josiah Uggerud, and Runner-up Olivia Swanson! They move on the the next round of competition in February!

Thanks to Danielle Buckmeier for providing this opportunity for students!

Change in Remind notification service for Verizon users

Jan. 15, 2019

Our district administrators, teachers, and coaches rely on the free Remind service to notify parents and students of weather-related announcements, classroom news, and other important information via text messages.

Verizon users, beginning January 28th, will no longer receive text messages sent through the Remind service. Verizon has greatly increased the rate they are charging Remind for the texts they send, making it financially impossible for Remind to continue to send text messages to Verizon customers.


2019 Reorganization School Board Meeting

January 14, 2019

The reorganization meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School. Melanie Cole, presiding 2018 Chair, called the meeting to order at 5:15 pm. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Melanie Cole, Missy Hermes, Natalie Knutson, Matthew Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa. Jerry Ness, superintendent; Mark Masten, business manager; and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director were also present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.

The Oath of Office was presented by Supt. Jerry Ness to incoming School Board member Kirby Anderson.


CNA Success!

Jan. 14, 2019

The FFHS Nursing Assistant students successfully completed the requirements of the CNA program and took the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exams, both written and skills January 10th and 11th at M State Fergus Falls. Congratulations to all the students who were successful in the course and the NNAAP testing! Good work!


Supt. Ness: Emergency Drills

January 7, 2019

The Fergus Falls Public Schools, along with other schools in Minnesota and around the nation, are required to complete drills with students and staff on emergency procedures. Each year we are required to complete Fire, Code Yellow, Code Red and Tornado Drills, which may include evacuations of the building.

The most common drill is the fire drill. Each building must complete five Fire Drills per year including one in the first ten days of the school year. During this drill, the students and staff evacuate the building to predetermined meeting sites. Each staff member has a “Red Binder” containing emergency procedures and class rosters. The key during each drill is to exit the building quickly by a safe route and take roll at the evacuation site. To make sure all students are accounted for, they take roll again when they return to their classroom. If a student is missing, staff are to inform their building principal.


9th grade students help at McKinley

Jan. 4, 2019

9th grade students have been learning about careers in education as well as how children ages 4, 5 and 6 are growing and developing. As a culminating activity, students were able to spend one class period interacting with kindergarten and first grade students.


Students attend Career Expo

Dec. 5, 2018

"Where engaging is learning," is how one 9th grader described the Health, Tech and Trades Career Expo held at the Fargodome last Thursday. One hundred and ten 9th grade students from the Intro to Tech Ed classes of Dennis Wutzke, Mike Donaghue and Carrie Sikkink attended this highly interactive expo where the students had the opportunity to perform ultrasounds on a pregnant mannequin, sit in a semi, practice their welding skills, and play with robots, to name just a few activities.


Creative Textiles students make quilt

Dec. 28, 2018

Students made this quilt for a project in Mrs. Hexum's Creative Textiles class. While making the quilt, they learned many useful skills including how to sew, how to use the quilting machine, and how to put a quilt together.

They will be donating the quilt to an organization in the community. The students enjoyed learning these skills while giving back to their community.

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Supt. Ness: Positive Audit

Dec. 20, 2018

Eide Bailly completed the audit for Independent School District No. 544 Fergus Falls Public Schools for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. After the second reading, the School Board approved the audit at their December 10, 2018 School Board meeting. The full audit report is located on the School District’s website at

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